NEWS STAFF REPORT
The Calgary Roughnecks took control of the game by outscoring Buffalo, 5-0, in the third period and took a 16-9 National Lacrosse League victory over the Bandits Saturday night.
The loss before 17,113 at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary was a costly one for the Bandits (8-8). With both Georgia (9-7) and New England (8-8) both winning road games in the West on Saturday night Buffalo fell from a tie for second place into a tie for third at 8-8 with the Black Wolves.
Buffalo led, 7-6, late in the second quarter but Dane Dobbie scored with an extra-attacker on to tie the game at 7-all with 3 seconds left in the half.
Mitch Smith of the Bandits was off for 2 minutes for a holding infraction.
Calgary came out in the third and completely took the play away. The goal parade began just 24 seconds into the half when Holden Cattoni scored to put the Roughnecks in the lead. Tallies by Chad Cummings, Cattoni, Dobbie and Curtis Dickson followed.
Cattoni opened the fourth quarter with a score just 18 seconds in to make it 13-7. Wesley Berg got his seventh assist of the game on the tally. Calgary then added three more goals in the period, making it 10 in a row. One was by Berg, giving him an eight-point night.
Ex Roughneck Vaughn Harris ended the Calgary run with his second goal of the game for Buffalo, on the power play with 6:47 left in the game. Mitch Jones scored with 3:56 left, the second in a row for Buffalo.
Buffalo led three times in the first half, but never by more than one. Jordan Durston, Shawn Evans, Durston, Jones, Harris, Dhane Smith and Mitch de Snoo tallied for the Bandits in that order.
Alex Buque had 25 saves against 37 shots and Zach Higgins 15 on 19 shots for Buffalo. Christian Del Bianco stopped 45 of the 54 he faced for Calgary.
The Roughnecks, which has clinched a playoff berth despite a 7-9 record, doominated faceoffs, 16-9. No team in the Eastern Conference has clinched a playoff spot yet.
Buffalo has two games left on the schedule, both a home. The Bandits will face Toronto on Saturday and first-place Rochester on Saturday, April 28.